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Warring kingdoms, bloody feuds, and a boys battle for survival. Step back into the Dark Ages with this riveting epic adventure.

In the wilds of Dark Age Britain, a bard abandons his son, Essa, in a village trapped between two feuding kingdoms. As the once-nomadic boy grows rooted in the life of the Wolf Folk, forging allegiances and young love, King Penda of Mercia threatens to attack, thrusting Essa into the violent and cunning world of the tribal rulers. Joined by unlikely friends, unsure of whom to trust — or even of who he is — Essa sets off on a dangerous journey, using his newfound intuitive gifts to guide them as a deadly battle brews. Will his desperate efforts to save his loved ones bring him closer to understanding why his father has never returned? Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this debut novel transports readers to a time of blood and steel, when peace was fleeting and won only at a cost.


Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this debut novel set in eighth-century Britain transports readers to a time of blood and steel--a time when peace was fleeting and won at high personal cost.

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Katy Moran began writing BLOODLINE while she was still in college. A former childrens book editor, she now spends her days writing in her garden shed in London.

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Amanda Rott, October 19, 2012 (view all comments by Amanda Rott)
I enjoyed this book a lot! I liked the setting, of course, I can't pass up much having to do with ancient Britain, I loved the characters, and the overall story was well crafted and believable. I did a faith buy on this book (because I couldn't get it from the library) under recommendation from a friend and I'm glad I did because I ended up liking it even more than I thought I would. The first couple chapters are a little slower but it's necessary to get to know Essa and the other characters and after that the book picks up into a really great, suspenseful story.

Essa, of course, is a great protagonist. You feel for his position and his abandonment by his father, Cai. Now Cai is a rather interesting character because you can dislike him for how he treats Essa, but you can also understand his reasons behind it and since he isn't completely terrible you can maybe forgive him a little bit. It also probably stands to reason that I loved Wulf and the brotherly relationship that forms between him and Essa because I just love that kind of thing, and Wulf also had a great sense of humor. I also liked the girl characters too. Lark, I knew I would like right off, and Anwen, I was afraid at first that she would be annoying, but she surprised me and turned out to be a really awesome character as well.

The writing style was good, it fit the time period well, and the author clearly did her research as she stated in the author's note. I also liked how it was third person from Essa's point of view. It was the kind of book that you couldn't really be in anyone else's head. It could have been first person, but I think it was fine the way it was.

Conclusion: 5 stars. I found as I read the last half of this book that I really enjoyed it immensely. I think it was just a mixture of the characters and story, but I loved it. The ending surprised me a bit, but after a few minutes I decided I kind of liked it, even though it was abrupt. I'm excited to get to the sequel to see if it is just as good. I'd safely say that fans of Rosemary Sutcliff would enjoy this book.
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emmejo, August 6, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Essa has lived on the road and horseback, traveling with his father Cai. They sing and play music in exchange for lodging, food and trinkets. Essa has lived like this for 9 years and knows nothing different; so when his father abandons him, leaving him with his foster aunt, Essa is angry and resentful. For years Essa hopes that Cai will return for him, but as every year passes he believes less and less. In time he becomes use to village life and having tight bonds with people, animals and the land. But with war brewing between his people, the Wolf Folk, and their sworn enemy, Essa finds himself in the middle of complex power plays. His king's brother sends Essa on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the enemy's camp, where Essa is recruited to be bodyguard to the enemy king's son.

I liked this book. Essa and the other characters are interesting and unique, each with their own voice. I don't think I had ever read a historical fiction book set in the times of the Anglo-Saxons, and this was definitely an encouraging first foray into this subject.
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Product Details

Moran, Katy
Candlewick Press (MA)
Hinwood, Christine
Adventure and adventurers
Historical - Europe
Historical - Medieval
People & Places - Europe
Children s-Historical Fiction-Medieval
Action & Adventure
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Paperback / softback
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8.30x5.90x1.40 in. 1.05 lbs.
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